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The Speeches of Sallust's Histories and the Legacy of Sulla

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The fragments and speeches of Sallust's Histories offer a late republican window into the events of the 70s and insight into immediately post-Sullan political life. Although Sallust wrote the speeches for a triumviral audience, he also preserved aspects of earlier political debate, and the speeches may be used with caution to understand politics in the politically charged environment of the 70s. In this environment, even those seeking to uphold Sullan policies hesitated to defend the dictator himself, and political figures of all loyalties manipulated public hatred of Sulla, deep divisions within the senate, and universal fear of renewed civil war.
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Keywords: HISTORIOGRAPHY; REPUBLICAN POLITICS; SALLUST; SOCIAL MEMORY; SULLA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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  • Historia, first published in 1952 by Karl Friedrich Stroheker and Gerold Walser is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. Articles are in English, German, French and Italian. It features original articles on Greek history, the Roman Republic and Empire as well as late antiquity. It covers all aspects of political, economic, religious and social life and deals with legal, archaeological, numismatic and epigraphical questions.
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